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As Kriffle the Flidderbug investigates why his fellow ‘bugs find it impossible to agree on the pressing issue of how many points there are on the leaves of the tree on which they live, he finds that the truth is more complicated, and ultimately more terrifying, than he ever could have imagined. Flidderbugs is a political satire, a modern fable, or maybe just a funny littleAs Kriffle the Flidderbug investigates why his fellow ‘bugs find it impossible to agree on the pressing issue of how many points there are on the leaves of the tree on which they live, he finds that the truth is more complicated, and ultimately more terrifying, than he ever could have imagined. Flidderbugs is a political satire, a modern fable, or maybe just a funny little story about a bunch of insects with some very peculiar obsessions....

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Flidderbugs Reviews

  • Donna Brown
    2019-04-30 12:56

    I live in a back to back terraced house. I know that my roof is... well, I'm not actually sure what colour it is and it's raining so I'm not going out to check. But say it was blue. That should mean that my neighbour's roof is also blue, right? But what if they KNOW they their roof is pink?When I opened Flidderbugs and read the first couple of lines, Orwell's 1984 immediately came to mind, more specifically Minitrue (aka The Ministry of Truth). In truth, my associations weren't too farfetched: there are aspects of Flidderbugs that mimic the absurdity of Minitrue and its slogans WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.Flidderbugs is an interesting tale of what we know versus what we believe. Do we believe something because we know it to be the case? Or do we know something because it fits in with our beliefs? Can politics, like religion, prevent us from approaching situations logically? And is it always in our best interest to listen to the information that is fed to us from those who - allegedly - know better?Doodling, Gould's first title (and a Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Humor semi finalist), was a fabulously fun read with a heavy smattering of satire. Flidderbugs takes satire to a whole new level. Yet its real genius lies not in that but in the fact that you don't actually realise the strength of the messages until you've completed the book. Flidderbugs simply seems like a good read (saving initial Orwellian thoughts) but it's during the period after you've closed the final page or put down your ereader that the heavy thinking kicks in.What an amazing achievement: fiction that provides you with an incredible and fun read but leaves you full of thoughts long after you've finished the final paragraph. More please, Mr Gould. Much, much more!

  • J.A. Beard
    2019-05-19 18:57

    Original review at Gould’s novella Flidderbugs presents us with two tribes of insets who co-exist on the same tree, but on different portions. Unlike the barbarian bugs or the brutal colony/hive-insect monarchies of our world, these flidderbugs are enlightened. Even if they have some disparities between the two groups, they have a council and democratically elected leaders. They have important traditions. I mean, what more do you need to have a perfect society, right?My sarcasm matches the amusing subversive tone running through Flidderbugs. On the surface, this is simple tale, about a bug who challenges the status quo and in the process learns some important truths about his world. Really, though, this is an indictment of group think, self-inflicted ignorance, and the almost delusional arrogance that often accompanies the democratic process and attendant cultural institutions. As someone currently involved in academia, I found myself chortling at the story’s skewering of ivory tower arrogance.Depending on how deeply one wants to read into certain things, they may or may not feel comfortable with some aspects of the allegory, but I’d argue that all good satire, at some level, should make someone uncomfortable. The overall tone, despite the bug’s desperation, doesn’t come as hostile despite the important themes being explored.To be clear, this is not some insect call for an anarchist revolt, but rather a challenge to the cynical corrupt nature of politics and its influence on society as delivered in an easily digestible tale enjoyable for all ages. Children will find the whimsical setting entertaining and, hopefully, learn a bit about critical thinking in the process of reading the tale. Adults, I think, can enjoy the satire for what is. Despite all the distrust on display toward political institutions and ideology throughout the novella, the resolution is rather idealistic (or maybe I’m just rather cynical).The writing itself is breezy and entertaining. As a novella, the story’s a quick read. It’s also well-paced. There are more than a few small misadventures as the protagobugs delve into the shadowy cracks of their world.There’s no serious attempt to detail every aspect of the society, but there are enough elements introduced that you can find yourself believing in this unstable little insect republic. The various flidderbugs come to life with distinct personalities.If you’re looking for a quick, fun political satire featuring anthropomorphic animals that doesn’t leave you utterly depressed (i.e., isn’t Orwell), check out Flidderbugs.4/5 stars

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-21 14:48

    After reading Jonathan Gould’s other book, Doodling, I was excited to be given the chance to read Flidderbugs. I really like that Jonathan’s books are simplistic in their storylines but have this deeper meaning wrapped up in them.I found Flidderbugs to be a really enjoyable read. It was light and really entertaining. I read it on one of the days where I was on holiday so I could just sit in the sun and read it. I found this to be quite a good book to read like that.While I found the book to be quite predictable it was still highly enjoyable. I knew how things were going to turn out but there was one part that I couldn’t quite figure out so that was really enjoyable to read about.I really enjoyed Flidderbugs and the underlying meaning was a really good one. I think that Flidderbugs is a perfect read for a middle grade audience.

  • Cassie McCown
    2019-05-07 18:04

    Flidderbugs is a sort of coming of age story about young Kriffle who is preparing to take over his father’s role as leader of the Triplifer tribe. In a series of debates, each tribe, the Triplifer and Quadrigon, try to convince the other of the correct number of points on the Krephiloff Tree’s leaves. The Triplifers naturally argue that the leaves have three points, while the Quadrigons insist they have four points. When Kriffle sees a mysterious ‘bug lurking around the council and sneaking out of the Fleedenhall with the shears, he knows something isn’t quite right. He vows to get to the bottom of things, going so far as consulting the top professors of the Flooderversity. No one seems to have the information he needs regarding the leaves, and he returns home disheartened. Soon, he runs into his nemesis, Fargeeta, and in a moment of desperation drags her to his terribly overgrown side of the Tree. With a new perspective, the two team up to set things straight in the Tree for good. There’s an odd, prophetic rumble in the Tree; the two had better hurry before it is too late for everyone.I received an advanced copy of Flidderbugs for review.This is the second of Gould’s books that I have had the pleasure to read and review. I have to say I like this one even better than Doodling. Regardless, Jonathan is an exceptionally talented and creative writer! I was impressed with his attention to detail, especially regarding how the ‘bugs relate to their Tree. For the Flidderbugs, the Krephiloff Tree is their entire world. When we would say ‘What in the world?’, the ‘bugs would say ‘What in the Tree?’. I just think that is so incredibly cute, and by Gould being so clever to add little elements such as that, it gives the story even more depth and dimension.The characters are impeccably fleshed out; I knew exactly what they were each about through every part of the story. I had no trouble whatsoever imagining myself in the Krephiloff Tree, Fleedenhall, or Flooderversity. My absolute favorite character was the philosophical Professor Yangbelu. In describing the ‘concept of the leaf’, Yangelu tells Kriffle, “Everything and nothing. The leaf is us, and yet we are not the leaf. The leaf is other but only when we see it as such, for in becoming the other, it becomes us and so we become it.” How can you not love that?!? The story of the Flidderbugs is based on the power of perception The group that holds the power seems to create the definition, and life for both sides must follow their rules. Of course, as with any politics, there are those in the middle who ultimately must choose sides. In every society there are the countering perspectives: rich/poor, black/white, educated/uneducated, north/south, popular/unpopular, male/female. The majority of the time, it is greed which fuels this disparity. This story is no different. The moral is it is the foundation that counts, and unbalance eventually leads to collapse. We could certainly learn a lot of lessons from our Flidderbug friends. We are all human, we all live on this earth together, and we are all ultimately responsible for each other.The BEST thing about this story, for me: I can read it to my children, and they will LOVE it! Young adults and adults can read it, and they will LOVE it too! There is something for everyone to learn and enjoy. Find this and other reviews at Gathering Leaves!!!

  • David King
    2019-05-11 18:48

    “Flidderbugs” by Jonathan Gould is an enjoyable novella that on the surface appears to be a fun little children’s story. However, underneath this there is a satirical element that should appeal to most adults as it pokes holes in both the democratic process and the rather arrogant ivory tower of academia. Without doubt, this really is a book that can be read to your children and enjoyed by them and yourself.The story itself follows Kriffle, an insect who is heir to his father as potential leader of the Triplifer tribe. As leader of his tribe, his main job would be to debate with the leader of the Quadrigon tribe about if the leaves on the tree they inhabit have either three or four points. This is the fundamental question that governs their lives and decides who is in power via elections. Kriffle finds it hard to understand how the Quadrigons could disbelieve the evidence that is before their very eyes and therefore undertakes an adventure to investigate and prove that there really are only three points on a leaf.The plot itself is simple, but the way in which Gould uses it to explore and satirise various elements of our society was highly entertaining and at times quite clever. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the political process in the novel at work as it really highlighted some of the rather “sad” aspects of our own democratic party based systems. In addition, here were various university professors that Kriffle meets on his journey who have spent years debating the philosophy of leaves etc. during their academic lives but couldn’t actually tell him any real facts. The writing itself is concise, entertaining and incredibly well paced which was needed due to the story being contained within a novella rather than a full length novel. I was impressed to see that Gould managed to include a fair number of encounters and adventures as Kriffle explores his society without having to cut out any of the required detail. Don’t get me wrong, there are some elements of the society the reader learns very little amount but there is enough there to ensure it all makes sense and is believable on some level.In regards to the characters, it was nice to see that the Flidderbugs all had such distinct and fleshed out personalities. I could understand very quickly what the various individuals were all about which was vitally important when the story is being told in the form of a novella.Overall, I found this to a quick and fun political satire that provided me with a hopeful ending rather than the usual depressing finales seen in many other novels that touch on the same satirical subject matter. If you enjoy satire then I suspect you will like this novella, I know that I was happy to find myself laughing at myself when I realised that I had fallen into some of the same traps as the Flidderbugs.

  • Tahlia Newland
    2019-05-13 11:59

    Flidderbugs is like Dr Seuss without the pictures, and I loved it. This delightful novella has Jonathan Gould’s trademark whimsical touch, and in the tradition of Dr Seuss’s ‘Stars on Thars’, is a tongue in cheek analogy for aspects of human behaviour. In this case, the Flidderbugs that live on different sides of the Krephiloff Tree, represent different social and political groups with rigid ideas and prejudices, and the story shows what can happen when such groups either simply do not listen to each other or interpret what they hear through erroneous assumptions. The main character Kriffle is the next in line to lead the Triplifers (those who believe that leaves have three points), against the Quadrigons (those who believe that leaves have four points), in the upcoming election. When he goes to the Fleedenhall, the great house of assembly where the Fliddercouncil sits, he discovers how difficult it is to convince others of the obvious truth. The leaves that he knows really do have three points, but the Quadrigons are convinced that leaves have four points. Various occurrences make it clear to Kriffle that something strange is going on and he is determined to find out what it is. He goes to visit the leaf-scholars of the Flooderversity and discovers that although the professors know a lot about leaves, their knowledge doesn’t help him solve the mystery. When he discovers the truth and teams up with Fargeeta, the girl bug who is next in line for the Quadrigon leadership, Kriffle’s father, Proggle and his mother, Griffle throw her out of their house simply because she is a Quadrigon, and her parents do the same to him. They don’t even give their children a chance to tell them what they’ve discovered.Eventually, Fargeeta and Kriffle discover that the Krephiloff Tree itself is in danger and that the ignorance of the bugs has inadvertently caused this crisis. They must find a way to get all the bugs to understand the truth, so they can right the problem before it is too late. Although written for adults, this is a story that both children and adults will enjoy on different levels. I recommend it for everyone who likes absurd satire or who ever liked Dr Seuss and particularly for parents who like to read stories to their whole family. It truly is a delightful read.

  • Cathy Speight
    2019-05-22 10:57

    Jonathan is one of the most creative writers I have come across. This is my third (after Doodling and Magnus Opum) encounter with this talented author and he never ceases to amaze me.Flidderbugs is about two groups of ‘bugs, the Triplifers and the Quadrigons, who live – divided – in the Krephiloff Tree. If you thought that politics and devious ‘business’ practices were exclusive to humans, be assured that they find their way into the Flidderbugs’ world too. A very important and divisive issue separates the two groups – does a leaf have three or four points? It takes the offspring (Kriffle and Fargeeta) of the elders, who have long held council, to bring a refreshing new outlook to proceedings and to make them see the error of the traditionally held beliefs; but they have to act quickly – three points or four on a leaf will make no difference when there is a much more serious and urgent dilemma needing immediate attention.I loved the characterisation of dotty professors, dogmatic seniors, smarmy dodgy ‘business’ characters and homely, doting (Klummerfly soup-making) mothers. I loved the way the ‘tree’ is the Flidderbugs’ ‘world’ which brings a new dimension to the phrase ‘What in the Tree was I thinking of’. I loved the portrayal of the wheeler-dealer Flidderbug and his shiny, pristine carapace and sleek, trim antennae, and I especially loved the shambolic professor’s very logical explanation of the impending disaster, “The vectors of pressure bearing down on the indices of the central support elements in regard to the key structural components have reached a point where the proportion of lateral forces henceways in opposition to the lateral forces forthways have exceeded the most preferred ratio, leading to a situation in which vertiginous damage will shortly be unavoidable, resulting in a catastrophic breakdown in said structural components and raising the potential of a near complete collapse of the entire encompassing environment.” It’s obvious, really, isn’t it?This is only (sadly) a short, really easy-to-read story, but it’s huge on entertainment, charm, likeability, and genius.

  • Jeremy Rodden
    2019-04-29 18:50

    Jonathan Gould's brilliant satire strikes again.As a big fan of Gould's work in his first satire, Doodling, I went into Flidderbugs with very high expectations. Once again, Gould subtly takes jabs at facets of society that are just so ridiculous that we need to see it through the eyes of this small colony of bugs to realize how inane humans can be.Gould's description of the political process of the Flidderbugs society is hilarious. However, when you compare it to the democratic processes in 'civilized' democracies around the world, you realize that it is actually quite sad... because that's how the party-based systems of democratic cultures operate.The endless bickering about useless details instead of resolving the core issues that threaten their people, the party-based disagreements without caring to learn facts, the complete cover-your-ears ignorance of the party-line discussions, and the influence of money/business in politics. Gould captures all of these elements with hilarious wit that makes you forget that we people do the same things.My favorite part of the story was Kriffle's visit to the Flooderversity. The absurdity of the scientists focusing on all facets of the leaves except the number of points including the philosophical discussion of what makes a leaf a leaf and the incomprehensible science-speak of Professor Skervvle were spot-on.I highly recommend this work to any fan of satire and anyone who is capable of laughing at themselves for falling into some of the same traps that plague the Flidderbugs. I also highly recommend this to politicians, hoping that they can learn from these little 'bugs that they are there to serve in the best interest of the people and not fight over inconsequential details.

  • Emily
    2019-05-22 12:53

    Flidderbugs is the story of Kriffle, a bug politician and rising heir to his father's position in public affairs in the great tree where all the Flidderbugs live. The issue on the table, of course, is whether the leaves on their tree have three points, or four. It's the fundamental question that governs their lives, governs who's in power, governs everything. Kriffle knows that the leaves have three points, and anyone who thinks otherwise has to just be lying to the populace for nefarious purposes.Hidden in that scuffle, though, is an allegory about fanatical devotion to ideology and about how small difference seem to be big when they're all anyone talks about. Star-Bellied Sneeches, anyone? Fargeeta, Kriffle's uneasy ally in this foliage based debacle, puts it elegantly: “Most ‘bugs are so determined to believe that their tribe alone is right. They’re not interested in hearing anything that might contradict that. They would never even consider that the truth is more complicated."Even more serious is the fact that petty disagreements like three points versus four can cause dramatic fallout, because after all, if everyone is sweating the small stuff, then nobody is worried about the big stuff.At a quick 41 pages, this story is refreshing and attention-grabbing. Not quite a comedy, but still funny in that it resonates strongly of real-life scenarios, this is a good one to get people talking. I can see this being used in a civics class to introduce a variety of topics in a new way, and to take some of the polarization out of these conversations. After reading Doodling I came into this story with high expectations, and I definitely wasn't disappointed. Read and enjoy!Overall Grade: A

  • Amanda
    2019-05-20 18:56

    That has to be the most concise and accurate blurb I have ever seen for a book. On one level, Flidderbugs is a cute story that kids will enjoy. The Quadrigons and Triplifers are two tribes of bugs sharing one tree. While they spend all their time arguing over how many points the leaves on the tree have, it’s really quite funny to read about the absurd lengths some bugs will go to in order to not learn the truth. Until disaster threatens and the bugs have to learn to work together. Adults can, of course, enjoy that part of the story, as well. Or they can appreciate the deeper messages.To these bugs, perception is more important than truth, even to those who know better.They have ridiculous divisions similar to our political, racial, and religious factions. None of the bugs have ever been to the “other” side of the tree. Indeed, “different” bugs are not welcome.They have one group of bugs who believe everything the government says, simply because the government says it. And then there is the group who is anti-government and refuses to believe anything the government says. No matter which side is in power. Crazy, fickle bugs. Humans would never act like that.The absurdity of the “geniuses” who are only interested in researching obscure things like the essence of a leaf, and ridicule and denounce anyone who dares to think differently than they do.Tragedy is imminent if the two groups vying for power don’t find a way to work together to find balance.Hmmm…Any of that sound familiar?I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Vered
    2019-05-07 19:15

    The Krephiloff Tree is in trouble, but none of the Flidderbugs seem to realise just how much. Kriffle, a young Flidderbug, is convinced that all the trouble stems from the tribe of bugs, the Quadrigons, living on the other side of the tree, and all the members of his Triplifer tribe agree. After all, everyone knows that the tree’s leaves all have three points! The trouble is that the other tribe knows that the leaves have four points, and are equally convinced that the Triplifers are misleading the bugs! Represented by Fargeeta, the Quadrigons control the Fliddercouncil and won’t give the Triplifers an opportunity to solve the problem. And while the two tribes argue back and forth about what is true and who is lying, the situation gets worse.Gould has created a fantastical world with many clear and obvious parallels with our own. Issues of social justice, sharing of resources, environmental degradation, imbalances and the importance of independent investigation of truth are explored in a light and engaging way. What I particularly love is the indirect exploration of two key issues underlying all these problems: disunity and prejudice. In order to resolve a crisis, Kriffle and Fargeeta must overcome their prejudices and lead their tribes to a unified vision of the problem. But will they be able to do this in time to come up with a solution? This story is particularly well suited for younger readers. Parents will also enjoy reading it to their children. Reviewed for ‘Readers Favorite’

  • Katy
    2019-05-07 13:06

    Jonathan Gould has written another masterpiece of social commentary in his latest story, “Flidderbugs.” On the Krephiloff Tree, far above the ground, live the Flidderbugs – they go about their business, doing what Flidderbugs do. Kriffle and Fargeeta are the children of the leaders of the two opposing tribes, and they are being groomed to take over the leading roles since their respective fathers are aging. Today they will meet in debate for the first time in public, debating the most important thing to the Flidderbugs’ lives, and those positions – and the support they may gain for themselves – will determine who runs the Tree. The question is – are there three points on each leaf, or four points? Each side will devoutly declare themselves as speaking the truth, and their opponents as lying. Who will win? What will happen? And why is the tree making such strange, rumbling noises lately? You have to read to find out.The beauty of this story is its subtle poking at modern politics and religious dogma. Gould manages to tell an entertaining story and still get his ideas across quite clearly. I have been quite impressed with the stories I’ve read by Gould thus far, and can recommend this one highly to anyone who enjoys being entertained and, at the same time, encouraged to think and question.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-08 14:01

    Life hasn’t always been easy for Kriffle the Flidderbug. For as long as Kriffle can remember, the Quadrigon tribe has always had control of Krephiloff Tree’s Shears, which means that the Triplifers, Kriffle’s own tribe, has had to deal with an overgrowth of leaves on his side of the tree. Once Kriffle has been nominated to become the Triplifers’ new leader and take over from his father, he realizes the ’bugs have even bigger problems. For starters, they can’t even agree on whether a leaf has three points or four! Determined to prove that the tree only has three points on a leaf, Kriffle sets out on a mission to bring the truth to his fellow ’bugs. But what he discovers is shocking, and he must find a way to get all the Flidderbugs to work together—or face dire consequences.In this political satire, a follow up to Gould’s Doodling, it’s easy to insert names and political parties that we see in society today. I said it before when I reviewed Doodling, and I’ll say it again: I really love Jonathan Gould’s work. His stories are fun, thought-provoking, and always well written. I think Gould has many successful years to come as an author, and I can’t wait to see what he writes next. Oh, and did I mention that I love the cover art for Flidderbugs? I think it’s very fitting for his story, and the characters pictured are exactly as I imagined them while I read.

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    2019-05-19 15:09

    I really enjoyed this book. On the surface it's almost a children's story about warring bugs sharing one big tree and it certainly could be read like that. It's really a political satire and it's very reflective of what's currently going on in the political atmosphere right now. Disagreement, stagnation, and at times, chaos. This book was especially poignant considering the things going on in my country (the United States) like the party divide in Congress, which makes it impossible to get a lot done and the GOP primaries that are currently being carried out in a grueling manner all over the country.. I'm not sure if Gould based the story off of his own country's struggles but this book is broader than just one country. There are two tribes of Flidderbugs who live in the same tree. Neither one can agree on basic things like how many points the leaves of their tree has (sounds a lot like Congress, no). Will the bugs ever figure out how silly their argument is.I liked this story because in a fairly simplistic way, Gould is able to show us how crazy politics are and how much better things could be if we just try to get along and at least understand where each other are coming from.

  • Tricia Kristufek
    2019-04-25 14:15

    Because everybody knows that the leaves on the Krephiloff Tree had three points. But they also had four points too.Kriffle of the Triplifer tribe is preparing to take over his father's position as leader of their tribe. He struggles to get to the Fleedenhall due to all the leaves clogging up his home. Leaves in his broth, leaves burying him at night while he sleeps, leaves everywhere! Kriffle knows he must win this debate and get elected so that his side of the Tree can use the Shears.Kriffle knows the leaves on his side of the Tree have three points. In his frustration, he drags his protesting rival, Fargeeta of the Quadrigon tribe, over to his side of the tree. Fargeeta then takes him to her side, showing him the impossible: four-pointed leaves! But even after he finds out that the other side's leaves have four points, he has a hard time getting anyone to listen to him, and so Kriffle and Fargeeta vow to get to the root of the issue.Don't let this cute story fool you - there's much more going on under the surface. Gould does a wonderful job creating these characters that even children will love, and their parents can dig deeper for satirical layers reminiscent of Dr. Seuss - with less rhymes.

  • Vickie
    2019-04-23 14:08

    This well-written, enjoyable book could either be read on the surface as a cute children’s story or a cheeky satire for adults. Either a tale of two tribes of beetles who just can't agree or a reflection of modern-day politics and power struggles, complete with some wheeling and dealing. Our hero, Kriffle, lives in the Krephiloff Tree and his father, Proggle, is the leader of the Triplifers. He has high hopes for his son in political debate in the aptly named Fleedenhall. The Triplifers live on one side of the tree. On the other live their long adversaries, the Quadrigons. The beliefs of the two are at loggerheads, poised on the question of how many points have the leaves on the tree. I don’t want to spoil the plot so I won't reveal any more, but I really loved this book - and the cover too! The ideas behind the cute surface story are brilliant. It’s quirky, fun and interesting, full of cool characterisation and detail. The bug characters are great. I was rooting for Kriffle as he went on his search for the truth, meeting many other bugs along the way, including the daunting Fargeeta of the Quadrigons. At the end I was left wondering what happened next to Kriffle as he was a pretty neat little beetle hero. I’m not sure that I want to try the Klummerfly broth though!

  • Lynn Hallbrooks
    2019-04-27 16:55

    Introduction: I was first introduced to Flidderbugs on Independent Authors and Writers where I thought the post about it was impressive enough to make it "book of the day": Jonathon Gould was kind enough to give me a discount to the Smashwords version of Flidderbugs. We came to an understanding that was not why I gave the blog post high praise and that I appreciate the opportunity to read the book with an open mind and an honest review.Story line as I see it: Two clans of Flidderbugs who via for the position of Ruling class and gain the honor of holding "The Shears". What happens when one clan rules longer than the other? Review: Flidderbugs could be considered a Political Allegory. This book shows how the "behind the scenes" of politics can interfere with the Ecological health of a given population. Mr. Gould incorporates so much emotions and senses into these 'bugs that the reader relates to them on a human level.

  • Jim
    2019-05-10 15:03

    Doodling and Flidderbugs are both charming novellas without a doubt. Jonathan says they’re not exclusively aimed at children but they are definitely books that could be read to children. The kids will enjoy the stories as simply funny stories; the adults will appreciate the subtext. I don’t particularly like the title Doodling. The reason Jonathan kept it was because he “liked the idea that the story evolved from [his] literary doodling” but it doesn’t really work for me. Other than that I have no problems with either book but of the two I personally preferred the first.You can read my reviews of both books on my blog here.

  • Colleen
    2019-04-27 14:54

    A short, quick read that is technically about the difficulties that face a group of bugs living in a tree, but is really a thinly veiled satire of our current political system. The story follows a young bug who has been prepped all his life to be a politician. As his father nears retirement, he has to learn what it REALLY means to be a politician and how to cope with some interesting revelations about the political process and the rival political party. The allegories are not complex or difficult to understand and are often hilarious (as an academic, I particularly love the characterization of the professors at Flooderversity). In essence, it's sort of an Animal Farm for the modern world.

  • Alejandro Canton-Dutari
    2019-05-09 15:04

    Flidderbugs by Jonathan GouldReviewed by Alex Canton-DutariThe Krephiloff Tree -- Tree of Life, New York City, London or even Panama. Half the world doesn't know how the counterpart lives, and not always by lack of travel but by direct, manipulated distortion of reality.I found this to be a book about politics, distorted science and sociology, better transmitted to us human readers by animal characters, with which we tend to identify since childhood. This is, definitely, my kind of book: apparently light, but profound.

  • Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
    2019-05-12 18:53

    'For the Flidderbugs of the Krephiloff Tree all they had to worry about was how many points were on the leaves and who held the Shears. Now something is threatening the Tree and to get to the bottom of it they must put aside beliefs held since time immemorial.I loved this little tale. It was short and sweet and I think it would appeal to all ages. I loved the characters, I could see the bugs in my head and I personified them!All in all a great little story that I heartily recommend.'

  • A.F.
    2019-05-17 14:45

    A captivating short book, with a witty satirical edge that was a delight to read. It’s a charming tale and a quick page-turner that leaves the reader both smiling and pondering the underlying themes. The author has a fabulous knack of combining acerbic lampooning with an entertaining yarn.

  • Rick
    2019-05-07 14:54

    Heavy-handed satire with a too-convenient ending. However, it could be a somewhat engaging children's story if the cloying satire doesn't gag a sophisticated palate on the way down.

  • Heidi
    2019-04-25 12:04

    Nope. Just not my thing. It makes a good point, but the style of writing isn't my favorite. I'm not saying it's bad, it's just not what I enjoy.

  • Colleen Lahey
    2019-05-01 16:13

    A delightful short story.

  • Angelito Jr.
    2019-05-21 12:47

    Fun-filled children-adult daglit! Nice.

  • Chris
    2019-04-25 17:14

    The moral of the story is cooperate.

  • Ruth
    2019-05-09 18:59

    Very good parable.

  • Lori Keen
    2019-04-26 13:57

    OK, it was cute and I get that it was political satire. the book certainly pointed out the silliness of our political fights and posturing. but still, free on Pixel of Ink was the right price.

  • Jen
    2019-05-05 12:56

    A cute, quick story. If only the Democrats and Republicans could work together for the common good like the factions in this book instead of going at each other's throats all the time.